A CASA-Accredited Provider of Remote Pilot Licenses and Operator Training

Get certified not just to fly a drone, but learn to fly it well. The professionals at Total RPA have years of experience turning students into qualified UAV pilots with the proper training. We are one of the only organisations with the CASA accreditation to offer this course. Designed to get you your remote pilot license – formally, our five day operator training course is the perfect thing to kick-start a rewarding career as a UAV pilot. We will teach you everything you need to know about UAV (RPA) systems, aerodynamics, mission planning and preparation.

You will learn practical flying skills as well as practical operational skills that will put you a cut above the average pilot. In aviation, knowledge is everything, Total RPA will prepare you for challenges that lie ahead. We provide a rigorous UAV pilot training course covering all manner of practical applications. Our objective is to provide you with a solid grounding in the basic skills that will help you launch your career in the right direction. Get the remote pilot operator training that will make you an asset in any organisation and an attractive tender to clients.

Course Subjects

  • UAV/RPA systems and functionality
  • Aerodynamics
  • Mission planning and preparation
  • Meteorology
  • Navigation
  • UAV maintenance
  • Human factors

Duration

  • 5 days

Requirements

There are no pre requisites for this course. But you will need to have an ARN (Aviation Reference Number) issued by CASA before we can process your Remote Pilot Certificate.

Inclusions

  • 5 day classroom course
  • Practical and theory
  • Accommodation Included (Nowra)
  • Radio Operators certificate included (Including english proficiency exam)
  • Training UAV provided
  • All course text books, maps and publications
  • UAV pilot high Vis Vest

Location(s)

  • Nowra
  • Melbourne
  • Sydney
  • Gold Coast/Brisbane
  • Adelaide
  • Perth

Please see our upcoming list of operator training courses as new locations are being added regularly.

Course Fee

$2,950 (GST FREE) per person

Course Dates

Please refer to our upcoming course schedule for more information

Type Training

If you already hold an Australian pilots licence for Aeroplane or helicopter, you don’t have to do a full 5 day course. We can offer you a conversions course and type training.

This involves only 2 days of practical and theory training to cover off the RPA specific subjects required to issue you with a UAV controller certificate.

We do need you to have some previous UAV flying experience before attending this course.

Cost $1,200 (+GST)

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Where is the 5 day course held?
A. Total RPA’s main office and classroom is located in Nowra NSW. We also deliver our operator training in major cities all around Australia. Contact us to find one near you. If you elect to attend a course in Nowra, Total RPA provide you with accommodation all-inclusive in the price.

Q. What accommodation do you provide in Nowra?
A. Total RPA will book you into a nearby motel and also provide the class (maximum of 4) with a vehicle to use during your stay.

Q. Do you provide the training UAV or do I bring my own?
A. Total RPA will provide you with a training UAV (DJI Phantom 2) for the practical training sessions.

Q. Once I complete this course, do I need to sit an exam with CASA to get my remote pilot license?
A. No. You will sit an in-house exam with Total RPA at the end of the course, and Total RPA Instructors will also assess you ‘practically’ on the UAV. Successful completion will result in you attaining the CASA Remote Pilot Certificate.

Q. Is there a difference between the CASA Remote Pilot Certificate and the UAV controller’s certificate?
A. No, they are both certificates issued by CASA that allow you to fly a UAV (RPA) for hire and reward ie, get paid!!

Q. Why should I do this course with you and not one of the other operators who provide a similar course?
A. Total RPA was founded by current commercial pilots and instructors. We have an insight into Aviation in Australia that only 20 years In the industry can provide. We have delivered courses and consulting to many of the current certified Operators in Australia (over 50 at time of writing)  including, the QLD govt, Vic Police, Work Cover Australia, QLD dept of Agriculture, James Cook university, along with companies from all sectors of the UAV Industry, including mining, surveying, property and asset photography, mapping and spotting.

All this experience means we can not only deliver a solid and CASA-approved UAV pilot training package but give you industry insight you simply can’t get anywhere else.

Total RPA do NOT sell UAVs. We can offer you UN BIASED advice on equipment and technology integration, we are not trying to sell you our own UAVs etc. This means you can trust and rely on our advice, knowing it comes from practical experience and advice from current operators in all fields of the industry. Once you decide on a UAV type, we will put you in touch with the best company to make your purchases.

But lastly, we make UAV pilot training fun and relaxed. We take extreme pride in our work and personal levels of service and consider ourselves your business partners as we help you move into this new and exciting industry.

Q. Ok, I’m in. How do we proceed?
A. Great to have you on board. Contact us and let us know what you would like to do and we will take it from there.

Extra Short UAV Courses

On top of the CASA Remote Pilot Certificate, Total RPA offers you the chance to further your remote pilot operator training to support your fledging business. Bundled together with our RPAS training course and or UAV operators certificate packages our extra short courses represent excellent value and will give you that little edge over your competitors. See below for more information.

Basic Digital Photography (aerial)

Stick around for an extra day after getting your remote pilot license and learn all about digital drone photography. This one day course will guide you through the basics of digital photography. You will learn all about:

  • Digital cameras
  • Limitations of aerial imagery
  • File types and sizes, getting the best out of your camera
  • Using in camera settings to get best results
  • Imaging processing (Photoshop, light room)
  • Framing and composition
  • Flying techniques for best images

And heaps of little tricks that only experienced professional photographers can give you. Lots of practical hands on advice that will see you getting top class photos and video from your set up.

The course is delivered by a professional Photographer and Photography teacher with over 40 years Industry experience.

$220

Interested in taking this course? Contact us now to enquire or make a booking.

Digital mapping and surveying

Already have your CASA Remote Pilot Certificate and considering using a UAV to obtain mapping and surveying data? Even for experienced surveyors, using a UAV for this purpose presents its own special challenges. This course will give you the basics on aerial imaging for data acquisition in various fields, including:

  • Mapping
  • Surveying
  • Agriculture
  • Spotting

Our instructor has a master’s degree in photogrammetry and over 20 years experience in manned aircraft aerial imaging and data acquisition. Let him show you how to get the most from your UAV and produce an “answer’ that your clients can use and will be happy to pay for.

Course fee’s include extra 2 nights accommodation.

Interested in taking this course? Contact us now to enquire or make a booking.

Trial Instructional flight in a manned aircraft

To help you gain an understanding of the industry, and to also have a little fun, let a Total RPA instructor take you flying in a full sized aircraft. You will be shown how to operate the controls and be aloud to fly yourself around the local area for 45 minutes, under the watchful eye of a qualified instructor of course.

This flight will give you an insight into the aviation industry and is designed to give you an appreciation for aspects of the industry you cant get anywhere else, you have to be UP there!!

Price includes full pre flight briefing Option only available with Nowra courses.

$99

Interested in taking this course? Contact us now to enquire or make a booking.

 

Have a Question?

To get qualified today for your remote pilot license, or to enquire about any of our CASA-accredited operator training courses, contact the experts today! Call us directly on (02) 4423 2507. Alternatively, you can take a look at any one of our upcoming training courses with additional information.